Cultural forces in journalism : the impact of cultural values on Māori journalists’ professional views

Hanusch, Folker (2013) Cultural forces in journalism : the impact of cultural values on Māori journalists’ professional views. Journalism Studies.

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Social system-level analyses of journalism have tended to focus on political and economic influences, at the expense of other factors, such as the role that culture and cultural values play in shaping journalists' professional views and practices. This paper identifies cultural values as a particularly fruitful area for providing a more nuanced analysis of journalism culture. It examines this issue in the context of in-depth interviews with 20 M?ori journalists from Aotearoa New Zealand. The study finds that Indigenous journalism in that country is strongly influenced by M?ori cultural values, such as showing respect to others, following cultural protocols, and making use of culturally-specific language. Cultural limitations are also identified in the form of the social structures of M?ori society, and journalists' strategies in working around these are discussed. The paper highlights the implications a renewed focus on cultural values can have for the study of journalism culture more broadly.

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ID Code: 68303
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: Published online: 04 Dec 2013
Keywords: Journalism culture, culture, role perception, values, professional views, Indigenous, Maori, New Zealand
DOI: 10.1080/1461670X.2013.859864
ISSN: 1469-9699
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > JOURNALISM AND PROFESSIONAL WRITING (190300) > Journalism Studies (190301)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > COMMUNICATION AND MEDIA STUDIES (200100)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Current > Schools > Journalism, Media & Communication
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 Taylor & Francis
Copyright Statement: This is an Author's Accepted Manuscript of an article published in Journalism Studies [In Press] [copyright Taylor & Francis], available online at:
Deposited On: 12 Mar 2014 00:26
Last Modified: 04 Dec 2015 14:01

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